Weekly Updates 2/3/2012

Good Morning All,
Here are this week’s headlines.  Don’t forget to stop by our new website (www.nrps.org) and check out all the information about the upcoming NRPS conference and CPSI course. 
Nick McLemore

Parks and Recreation Articles
Suspension Training Classes a Hit at Ohio Rec Center
Straps and handles dangle curiously from the ceiling just waiting for a willing participant. The unique exercise equipment gets its fair share of double takes as people walk by …
State Parks Seek Corporate Donors to Stay Open
One of the few remaining commercial-free zones in the country may need corporations to close budget gaps.

Iowa and Nebraska State Parks Struggle With Tight Budgets


Wyoming City Struggling to Prioritize Parks Projects
The city of Cheyenne cannot afford to pay for all of the parks and recreation department’s needs. Therefore, a system to prioritize projects is used. But sometimes …
Suburban Recreation Centers Thriving
In the mid-1990s, the economy was surging, the suburbs were expanding and cities were looking to accommodate their fitness-crazed residents. Today, 10 years after …

South Texas District Suspends Sports to Keep Afloat

Construction to Begin Soon on Rooftop Soccer Field
Construction is to begin this spring on the first development within the county-owned strip of vacant land made available after the Park East Freeway stub was torn down …

Grant Opportunities
Guitar Center Music Foundation for Music Instruction, Deadline: Open.Up to $5K provide music instruction to underserved communities. Info & app: http://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/grants/index.cfm?sec=info
Youth Service America IYoung Change-Makers for Disney Friends for Change Grants, Deadline: Feb 29. $1K for volunteer projects led by children and youth. Info & app: http://www.ysa.org/grants/disney-friends-change-grants
Foundation for Youth Investment to Connect Underserved Youth to Outdoors in Northern & Central California, Deadline: Mar 1. Up to $15K for youth programs. Info & app: http://www.fyifoundation.org/grantmaking/funds/2012-catalyst-fund 
Bikes Belong Coalition for Bicycle Facilities and Advocacy Projects, Deadline: Feb 29.Up to $10K to improve bicycling in the U.S. by building trails and paths or large-scale advocacy programs. Info & app: http://www.bikesbelong.org/grants/
Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants, Deadline: July 2012. Up to $25K public skateparks serving at-risk youth in low-income areas. Info & app: http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/news/2011/12/14/new-grant-guidelines-prompt-better-skateparks/
The Nevada Division of State Parks is seeking grant pre-applications to gauge the demand and ability to allocate funds for the 2012 Recreational Trails Program in Nevada.   Submittal of a pre-application will assist our program but is NOT REQUIRED.  Potential allocation for NV in 2012 is $559,000.  Motorized projects have priority over 40% of this funding, and only 5% can be used for education.
Please visit our website at http://www.parks.nv.gov/trails.htmto ensure you are eligible or call/email Jenny Scanland at 775 684 2787 or jscanland@parks.nv.gov.  Grants may be awarded to counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, private organizations and non-profit organizations for the purpose of providing outdoor recreational trail activities. Because funding through this program is limited, allocation of these funds will be competitively determined by the Ad Hoc Recreation Trails Program Committee. 
Submit one application by email by February 6  tojscanland@parks.nv.govor fax 775 684 2777
Job Openings
Friends of Black Rock Desert (private-non profit organization) is hiring two positions:
Short Job Descriptions:
Executive Director:Desired qualifications and skills: Development Skills. Fundraising & Grant writing experience very desirable. Non-profit experience strongly preferred. Ability to work with Government Agencies and diverse users. Computer skills including web development, desktop publishing, and social media, good writing and speaking ability. Enthusiasm and organization skills. Position may be based in either Gerlach or Reno. Knowledge of Black Rock area a Plus but not required. Please send resume with salary requirements to jobs@blackrockdesert.org.
Communications Director:Part-Time approximately two days a week. Position may be based in either Gerlach or Reno. Desired qualifications and skills: Computer skills including web development and social media, good writing and speaking ability. Some public outreach. Desktop publishing and fundraising/grant writing skills very desirable. Non-profit experience preferred. Please send resume with salary requirements to jobs@blackrockdesert.org.
The complete job descriptions are posted here: Executive Director, Communications Director

POB 224 – 380 Main Street
Gerlach, NV 89412
The Friends of Black Rock High Rock helps manage the resources of the Black Rock Desert region and educates the public to foster stewardship and preserve its unique character.
Locker Room / Shoe Care Attendant
Location: ArrowCreek Country Club
Reno, NV

Salary Range: $10-12/hour plus tips
Status: Non-Exempt
Employment Type: Seasonal – Full Time
Department: Golf

Description: The Locker Room Attendant is responsible for maintaining high standards in all locker room services and operations, and maximizing profitability. Confidentiality and trustworthiness are of the utmost importance as the guests rely on the Locker Room staff to maintain the safety of their personal property. Seek opportunities to create memories by anticipating needs, exceeding expectations, and building relationships.

Duties: Maintain and ensure immaculate locker room facilities for guests – monitor and maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of the locker room/grill facility using a ‘clean as you go’ philosophy – locker/dressing areas picked up, vanity areas wiped down and cleaned after each use, towels stocked and stacked orderly, products straightened after each use, soiled towels and trash removed frequently, showers and toilets clean, dry and free of periodicals/trash, etc.

Provide seamless service picking up and cleaning after each guest’s use of the facilities — ensure safety for guests keeping wet and dry area floors clean and dry — ensure consistent comfortable water and steam room temperatures.

Inform supervisor of all guest/member complaints and suggestions promptly

Maintain and increase locker room revenue

Ensure overall member satisfaction

Perform duties of attendants, shoe services, food server, and bartender in high traffic periods to ensure member/guest satisfaction. Maintain sanitary conditions in all locker room areas in accordance with state and local regulations.

Polish, clean, label, and provide proper care for men’s and ladies’ shoes to give them a ‘restored to new’ appearance. Maintain master locker list, coordinate locker name plate production, manage key box. Recommend orders for equipment and supplies, and maintain inventory control for all locker room areas

Qualifications: Able to work up to or over 40 hours a week during peak times throughout the season.
Ability to work any day of the week, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
Valid U.S. drivers license
Authorization to work in the United States

At least 1 year previous experience in housekeeping, locker room service, food and beverage, or customer service role in a private club setting.
Basic knowledge of the most of the following: customer service, housekeeping, shoe care, golf operations, food and beverage service, and computers

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